Free Services

Workshops to prepare women to undergo surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy

Based on the work of psychologist Peggy Huddleston, a pioneer in mind-body medicine. Designed to help patients feel profoundly peaceful before treatment and create the biochemistry of healing to speed recovery, this workshop is best experienced a few days to a week or so before undergoing treatment, and includes a book and relaxation audiotape for use at home. Consultations are available to individuals and small groups by appointment.

Therapeutic dance and movement classes

Based on The Healthy Steps© Focus on Healing through Movement and Dance.  This program of gentle, therapeutic exercises is designed to help persons who have had any kind of breast surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, and those experiencing lymphedema or fatigue as the result of treatments. It incorporates deep breathing techniques, gentle stretching for flexibility and range of motion, and strengthening exercises, all performed slowly and smoothly to uplifting music. No special abilities or coordination are needed, and the movements can be done sitting or standing. Certified Lebed Method Instructor Diane Levesque-Kopecki conducts the program.

Restorative yoga and meditation

The practice of varied calming breath techniques to help promote lymph flow, gentle stretching moves and postures to enhance range of motion and flexibility, and total body relaxation and life-affirming meditation to aid the natural self-healing process.


Pilates is a body-conditioning technique designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body.  Pilates targets the deep postural muscles within the body through a series of exercises aimed at building muscle strength and rebalancing the body.  Excellent for improving posture, strength and flexibility and aligning the body correctly. Pilates also teaches coordination, concentration and control of the body.

Strength & Metabolism

This class provides the research-based benefits of resistance training, including increasing muscle mass, strength and energy.

Risk Reduction Workshops

Workshops teaching risk reduction strategies, such as exercise, diet and alcohol, and the environment.

For more information about any of these free services, please call CRAAB! at 435-1055.